\ ˈtrip How to pronounce trip (audio) \
tripped; tripping

Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to catch the foot against something so as to stumble
2 : to make a mistake or false step (as in morality or accuracy)
3a : to dance, skip, or caper with light quick steps
b : to walk with light quick steps
4 : to stumble in articulation when speaking
5 : to make a journey
6a : to actuate a mechanism
b : to become operative
7a : to get high on a psychedelic drug (such as LSD) : turn on often used with out
b slang : freak sense 3b

transitive verb

1a : to cause to stumble often used with up
b : to cause to fail : obstruct often used with up
2 : to detect in a misstep, fault, or blunder also : expose usually used with up
3 : to release or operate (a mechanism) especially by releasing a catch or detent trip the fire alarm
4 : to raise (an anchor) from the bottom so as to hang free
5a : to pull (a yard) into a perpendicular position for lowering
b : to hoist (a topmast) far enough to enable the fid to be withdrawn preparatory to housing or lowering
6 archaic : to perform (a dance) lightly or nimbly
trip the light fantastic
: dance



Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : voyage, journey
b : a single round or tour on a business errand
2a : an intense visionary experience undergone by a person who has taken a psychedelic drug (such as LSD)
b : an exciting or unusual experience the party was a trip
3 : absorption in or obsession with an interest, attitude, or state of mind a guilt trip on a nostalgia trip
4 : a faltering step caused by stumbling
5 : a stroke or catch by which a wrestler is made to lose footing
6 : error, misstep
7 : a quick light step
8a : the action of tripping mechanically
b : a device for tripping a mechanism (such as a catch or detent)

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Examples of trip in a Sentence


He deliberately tried to trip me. The dancers tripped off the stage.


They got back from their trip yesterday. a trip around the world He was on an acid trip. an ankle injury caused by a trip
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Covenant Christian was tripped up 38-27 by Traders Point Christian. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Week 3 high school football predictions: A loaded slate headlined by Battle of Lawrence," 4 Sep. 2019 The overly confident Longhorns could easily get tripped up by an Oklahoma State team with an intriguing young quarterback in redshirt freshman Spencer Sanders and the motivation to improve upon last year's seventh-place finish in the Big 12. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "The 10 games that could unexpectedly trip up each College Football Playoff contenders," 28 Aug. 2019 Since fleeing San Salvador, El Salvador’s capital, late last year, Diaz has been repeatedly tripped up by the Trump administration’s chaotic rollout of Remain in Mexico. Los Angeles Times, "Trump administration appears to violate law in forcing asylum seekers back to Mexico, officials warn," 28 Aug. 2019 Spurs were pushing for an equaliser when Kane appeared to be tripped by the stumbling Jamaal Lascelles, who lost his footing and fell into Kane's legs., "PGMOL Explain Decision Not to Award Harry Kane a Penalty Against Newcastle," 26 Aug. 2019 But a sweet poignancy surfaces as he and Tracy bond later across a frenetic night in a segregated city where seemingly everyone is chasing the American dream, while getting tripped up by disillusionment. New York Times, "The Week in Arts: Alton Brown Returns; Lil Nas X Plays the Hit," 24 Aug. 2019 Or will each get tripped by the proverbial sophomore slump? Terrence Thomas,, "What are the six biggest stories going into high school football season?," 22 Aug. 2019 Mueller was even tripped up over more sympathetic questioning by Democrats. Author: Aaron Blake, Anchorage Daily News, "Five takeaways from Robert Mueller’s testimony," 24 July 2019 In 2013, a lawmaker said that his wife broke her jaw and cheek bones after tripping over their blind dog. Washington Post, "Placido Domingo concert opening sports complex in Hungary," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here are photos from the final three days of the trip. oregonlive, "Oregon State women’s basketball closes out four-game Italy tour with an 89-47 win over Costa Basket: photos," 30 Aug. 2019 Bulldog Turner returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown for one of 11 trips the Bears took to the end zone in their record-setting 73-0 win against the Redskins in the 1940 NFL championship game. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 7, Bulldog Turner," 29 Aug. 2019 With the prospect of an away trip to Ukraine on the cards in this pot, however, Chelsea might just prefer to face one of European football's top dogs in a fight to see who can qualify top of their respective group., "Chelsea's Best & Worst Case Scenarios Ahead of 2019/20 Champions League Group Stage Draw," 29 Aug. 2019 Allen, 33, said of O’Rourke’s trips to Arkansas and Oklahoma, deeply red Republican country. Los Angeles Times, "Beto O’Rourke has chucked the presidential playbook. Will it save his campaign?," 29 Aug. 2019 Highway 101 was already jammed with motorists traveling within San Mateo County, who account for 43% of rush hour trips on 101 that cross Highway 92. Rachel Swan,, "New bus lines could help solve S.F.-to-Peninsula commuting woes," 29 Aug. 2019 There was still the cost of the long trip and the hotel fees for Karen while Delaney attended camp. Beth Thames |, al, "Space Camp helps fill hole in Canadian boy’s heart," 28 Aug. 2019 The Beavers play their third game of the trip at 10 a.m. (PDT) Wednesday against ASD San Martino di Lupari., "Oregon State women’s basketball 2-0 on its Italian trip after a 106-45 win over Ponzano Basket: photos," 27 Aug. 2019 Iran also generated the summit’s biggest surprise, when Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif flew to Biarritz on Sunday with most world leaders having little or no advanced notice of the trip. Josh Wingrove, Fortune, "Trump Says He’d Meet Rouhani Under ‘Correct’ Circumstances," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of trip


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 3a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for trip


Middle English trippen, from Anglo-French treper, triper, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English treppan to tread — more at trap

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English Language Learners Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to hit your foot against something while you are walking or running so that you fall or almost fall
: to cause (someone who is walking or running) to fall or almost fall
literary : to dance or walk with light, quick steps



English Language Learners Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

: a journey to a place
: a short journey to a store, business, office, etc., for a particular purpose
informal : the experience of strange mental effects (such as seeing things that are not real) that is produced by taking a very powerful drug (such as LSD)


\ ˈtrip How to pronounce trip (audio) \
tripped; tripping

Kids Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to catch the foot against something so as to stumble : cause to stumble
2 : to make or cause to make a mistake Their tricky questions tripped us up.
3 : to move (as in dancing) with light quick steps She tripped lightly around the room.
4 : to release (as a spring) by moving a catch



Kids Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an instance of traveling from one place to another a trip to Europe
2 : a brief errand having a certain aim or being more or less regular a trip to the dentist
3 : the action of releasing something mechanically
4 : a device for releasing something by tripping a mechanism

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